Ibeyi - Ash
Critic Score
Based on 14 reviews
2017 Ratings: #279 / 717
User Score
Based on 125 ratings
2017 Ratings: #354
September 29, 2017 / Release Date
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CRITIC REVIEWS

83
Pitchfork
Their genre-agnostic musicality widens the aura of inclusion, twining downtempo electro-soul, hip-hop, jazz, and fervently slapped cajón percussion that nods to West African Yoruba culture. These are sage, heady dialogues, clearly years in the making.
80
The Skinny

Lisa-Kaindé and Naomi Diaz make gorgeous, soulful music centred around their remarkable voices.

80
AllMusic

In the end, Ash is many things: militant, vulnerable, and tender; it is urgent yet unhurried, its sharp edges unapologetically exposed. It is rooted in struggles and seeks victory, not deliverance. It is not only memorable, but indomitable and beautiful.

80
The Line of Best Fit

Ash is an album that tackles difficult ideas and themes, but in the hands of Lisa-Kaindé and Naomi Díaz these sometimes hard to express feelings are worn as badges of pride as they sing songs of love and defiance.

80
Drowned in Sound
It grows and grows with each listen, and though it has less of an immediate impact than their debut, it has a true sense of journey through its beginning, middle and end, an element often disregarded in an industry gluttonously obsessed with hit singles.
80
Clash
More overtly political than the twin sisters’ debut ... ‘Ash’ serves as a stirring, reflective statement in uncertain times.
80
PopMatters

In their music and lyrics are reflections and observations that ring true, with an urgency that deserves to be felt. Ash is an album that captures this exact moment in time and does so with unquestionable virtuosity.

80
NOW Magazine
The album has tropical rhythms, lush vocals, story-rich lyrics and words in Yoruba, English, French and Spanish, making it a dynamic experience. Nothing about it is slapdash or insignificant.
70
God Is in the TV

Ash is the French-Cuban sisters stepping outside, gathering a large troupe of equally-demoralized followers, waving protest banners and pointing their fingers at injustice.

70
Exclaim!

Ash doesn't feel as world-shifting or momentous as their debut, but operates on a more intimate level.

70
Crack Magazine

With Ash, Ibeyi’s voice is amplified.

70
No Ripcord

Their willingness to embrace worldly influences - and infuse their own urbanity - into their arrangements is crucial with regards to enabling the spirited reveries to accommodate the twins’ extrasensory wordplay, bringing a stability to the arbitrary grooves.

70
The Needle Drop

With Ash, the Diaz sisters return for a sophomore record of soulful, minimal art pop.

itsyahboinoah
59
One word to describe this album is "Underwhelming".
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TOP: AWAY AWAY - I WANNA BE LIKE YOU
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SeaBass
94
My heart reacts quite immediately when I start this album, it gets heavier and makes me loving and slightly sad, bringing me back to when I first heard this album. That week, for several reasons I was sad, Weltschmerz kind of sadness was within me, and the opening song I Carried This for Years put that feeling on hyper-drive. Listening to this album is a full body emotional experience for me, for a few associations I have to it, it’s very loving, as well as melancholic, to the point where ... read more
DiegoPaim01
64
É bem mais acessível que seu primeiro disco, tem algmas faixas mais pegajosas aqui...mas sei lá, não tem nada muito intricado, musicalmente, líricamente, performance, nada. E é foda pq qndo elas acertam, elas mostram tnto potencial. Ao mesclar elementos do Soul, do Art Pop, do Trip Hop e principalmente de rítmos haitianos, elas fazem uma combinação sonora bem rica e revigorante pro pop atual. Mas isso aparece poucas vezes aqui como ... read more
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Track List

  1. I Carried This for Years
  2. Away Away
  3. Deathless (feat. Kamasi Washington)
  4. I Wanna Be Like You
  5. No Man Is Big Enough for My Arms
  6. Valé
  7. Waves
  8. Transmission / Michaelion (feat. Meshell Ndegeocello)
  9. Me Voy (feat. Mala Rodríguez)
  10. When Will I Learn (feat. Chilly Gonzales)
  11. Numb
  12. Ash
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